Bike accidents no shock when rules don’t apply

The increasing number of bicycle accidents in San Francisco should surprise no one for two simple reasons, (“SF streets present mean ride,” Dec. 30).

First, due to The City’s promotion of bikes as daily transportation, the number of bicyclists has increased significantly over the last several years. More bikes on the streets lead to more accidents.

Second, under Mayor and soon-to-be Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, bicyclists have been exempted from obeying all traffic regulations that motorists must obey. Running red lights and stop signs, riding the wrong way on one-way streets, riding on the sidewalks of business areas and an arrogant and cavalier attitude towards automobiles and pedestrians increases the likelihood of accidents. Bicyclists are also exempt from obtaining parade permits for their monthly Critical Mass insurrections that inconvenience others and slow down Muni.

Howard Epstein
Chairman, San Francisco Republican Party

 

Bikers ignore traffic laws

As a former bike rider, I would like to comment on the Dec. 30 article pertaining to bicycle collisions being on the rise. Yes, there are more bike riders on the streets and they cause many of their own problems because they do not obey the traffic laws. They ride right through arterial stop signs.

I have had occasions when driving in Golden Gate Park on South Drive, having two or three bikers in front of my car, riding three across, so no one can pass them. When I was finally able to pass them, I rolled down my window to indicate the bike path that is available. You can imagine the response I received!

I truly believe that if more bikers obeyed the traffic laws, there would be less accidents.

Marilyn Singer
San Francisco

Price for saying something

In the ’30s, the German people were encouraged to inform on their neighbors. It got to a point where children were informing on their parents. Jack-booted thugs followed up arresting the people informed on.

When our government began the “If you see something, say something” policy, visions of jack-booted thugs came to mind.

Chris Liu took the administration’s advice, exposing the TSA’s obvious flaws on YouTube. He was immediately confronted by six TSA agents and two deputy sheriffs. It seems that informing on government is not the same as other citizens. You, too, can be visited by jack-booted thugs.

Keith C. De Filippis
San Jose

 

Debt a dangerous game

The debasement of currency has a long history. It is told in shaved coins and in Papal bulls issued against strong-men who embraced the practice. The fall of Rome and of King Louis XVI can be attributed to monetary manipulation. The results of monetized debt fueled German rage, leading to the rise of such men as Adolf Hitler.

Taxes, debt and debased currency are the means of government finance. Our president plays a dangerous game with his grandness.

Paul Burton
San Francisco

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